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IFIC Integrated Care Academy grows its learning portfolio in 2023

December 20, 2023

IFIC Integrated Care Academy grows its learning portfolio in 2023 In 2023 the Integrated Care Academy welcomed its fifth and sixth cohorts of the Online Certificate in Integrated Care with over 150 participants representing 25 countries and 5 continents. Our programmes are unique as they welcome all people in partners in care. The breadth and spread of this global cohort is…

Looking Back on 2023: Reaches of IFIC LatAm during 2023

Looking Back on 2023: Reaches of IFIC LatAm during 2023 Thanks to the commitment of each member of IFIC LatAm and participating individuals, IFIC LatAm has demonstrated significant results, as evidenced in the 12 regular sessions held throughout the year. The achievements are presented according to IFIC LatAm's strategic areas: Consolidation of the IFIC LatAm…

Part Two: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course

December 12, 2023

Part Two: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course The IFIC course explained at a conceptual level this very ambitious and radical vision for how all nations can find ways to better integrate their Health and Social Care (H&SC) systems to give people a comprehensive continuum of quality care. This requires H&SC fixing service fragmentation…

Integrated Care Academy News

December 11, 2023

News and Blogs IFIC Integrated Care Academy grows its learning portfolio in 2023December 20, 2023Part Two: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate courseDecember 12, 2023Part One: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate courseDecember 7, 2023Diverse group to join ICA Summer SchoolJune 12, 2018My Fellowship Journey by Dr Harry PopeJanuary 30, 2018Don’t underestimate the need to…

Part One: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course

December 7, 2023

Part One: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course As a cohort, the participants on the course came from diverse professional backgrounds, with many different continents, health systems and ethnicities represented. The voices which were most prominent were those closer to home from Ireland and Scotland which is seen as leading on Integrated Care (IC).…

Call from the Medical Research Journal for health experts from the Latin American and Caribbean region

November 28, 2023

Call from the Medical Research Journal for health experts from the Latin American and Caribbean region From the Latin American Node for Integrated Care (IFIC LatAm), we share the call from the Medical Research Journal for health experts in the Latin American and Caribbean region to submit research articles on achieving universal health coverage, reducing…

Making Rights Real for Every Child in Scotland

November 8, 2023

Making Rights Real for Every Child in Scotland Scotland continues to take a significant step forward for human rights in Scotland, as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Bill is reconsidered by the Scottish Parliament. The Bill will incorporate children’s human rights into Scots law and will make rights real…

Annual Survey

November 3, 2023

IFIC Annual Survey 2024 now open The goal of our Annual Survey 2024 is: To understand how person-centred care is practiced and experienced in different countries around the world and in different settings. We want to know how PCC is actually experienced in practice in the context of integrated care. We want to know from…


I still recall our last summer

October 11, 2023

June 2023 was the date for the comeback of the face-to-face International Summer Schools on Integrated Care (ISSIC23 and ISSIC23_E). In the past years, considering the challenges of meeting face-to-face and with the intention of providing access to Integrated Care training worldwide, the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) has focused on strengthening its virtual learning opportunities.


The Kerry Specialist Palliative Care Service: A Case Study Research Evaluation

October 5, 2023

Kerry Specialist Palliative Care Service provides a comprehensive palliative care service in County Kerry that is highly valued by those using the service, families, clinicians, and the entire community. The service provides care in four settings i.e., in a Specialist Inpatient Unit; through a Specialist Palliative Care Community Team; at a Specialist Palliative Care Day… Pillars:

What can integrated care learn from Pep Guardiola´s modern European football? A midsummer holiday´s read

October 3, 2023

What can integrated care learn from Pep Guardiola´s modern European football? A midsummer holiday´s read Arturo Alvarez-Rosete (IFIC Senior Researcher) The afternoon after the closure of this year´s International Summer School on Integrated Care (ISSIC23), my colleague Edelweiss Aldasoro and I went for a well-deserved walk around Oxford, stopping eventually at the famous Blackwell´s Bookshop…

Putting human rights at the heart of planning and commissioning

October 2, 2023

We are pleased to share our third report on Compassionate Inverclyde, a multi-award-winning social movement established as the first Compassionate Community in Scotland


Integrated Care Academy

September 25, 2023

Integrated Care Academy The Integrated Care Academy (ICA) aims to provide an understanding of both the theory and practice of integrated care through a range of educational courses and learning events. Using up-to-date research findings, and employing renowned experts in the field of integrated care, these learning programmes will examine how the successful adoption of…


The gap between vision and practice – Merative asks ‘how can health and social protection organisations collaborate to improve people’s lives and boost operational efficiency’

September 13, 2023

The gap between vision and practice - Merative asks 'how can health and social protection organisations collaborate to improve people's lives and boost operational efficiency' Our partner, Merative, recently shared a article titled 'Prioritising outcomes: a framework for coordinating complex cases across health and social protection services'. Merative asked 'how can health and social protection…

Compassionate Inverclyde launch report – Realising the Value of Kindness

September 12, 2023

We are pleased to share our third report on Compassionate Inverclyde, a multi-award-winning social movement established as the first Compassionate Community in Scotland


Inclusion Health

August 22, 2023

Establish a network of members with shared commitment to supporting and working with often excluded populations.


Introduction to Greg Stewart – IFIC Australia Chair

IFIC Ireland, in partnership with the Health Service Executive Ireland, is collecting and mapping documented implementations of integrated health and care across the island of Ireland


Value-based Healthcare

August 16, 2023

IFIC Ireland, in partnership with the Health Service Executive Ireland, is collecting and mapping documented implementations of integrated health and care across the island of Ireland


Integrated Care Initiatives Publication Opportunity

August 8, 2023

IFIC Ireland, in partnership with the Health Service Executive Ireland, is collecting and mapping documented implementations of integrated health and care across the island of Ireland


The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) is delighted to be a partner in the EU Health Coalition and support the Coalition’s Manifesto for a Healthier Europe

July 17, 2023

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) is delighted to be a partner in the EU Health Coalition and support the Coalition’s Manifesto for a Healthier Europe The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) is delighted to be a partner in the EU Health Coalition and support the Coalition’s Manifesto for a Healthier Europe. This…

Looking back on ICIC23 in Antwerp 22 – 24 May 2023

July 7, 2023

Looking back on ICIC23 in Antwerp 22 – 24 May 2023   It has now been almost two months since we held the 23rd International Conference on Integrated Care in Antwerp. The conference, in partnership with Flanders Agency for Health and Care and Visit Flanders, was attended by a total of 1,247 in person delegates…

Niamh Lennox-Chhugani presents to the UK House of Lords Integration of Primary and Community Care Committee

July 6, 2023

Niamh Lennox-Chhugani presents to the UK House of Lords Integration of Primary and Community Care Committee Our Chief Executive, Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, was honoured to be invited to give evidence to the UK House of Lords Integration of Primary and Community Care Committee on 26 June. You can see the evidence session full on Parliamentlive.tv.…

Reducing vacancy rates in the social care sector requires funded research now

May 29, 2023

Reducing vacancy rates in the social care sector requires funded research now As an academic who thinks that research can have a positive impact I am always seeking the core challenges worthy of research, and the money to do that research properly. At a recent conference on the future of Social Care in Scotland I…

How far do you feel we have advanced in providing continuous and coordinated care?

May 11, 2023

How far do you feel we have advanced in providing continuous and coordinated care? This is the question that we are asking this year through our Annual IFIC Survey 2023, which has been running for a few weeks now. So, if you haven´t done it yet, please take part in the survey below and share…

Integrated Care – Redesigning how we work in healthcare

April 3, 2023

Integrated Care - Redesigning how we work in healthcare Dr Susan Kent, Associate Professor Dublin City University (DCU) IFIC Senior Associate IFIC is delighted to celebrate World Health Worker Week with people and organisations globally. Earlier this month the WHO announced the end of the global Covid-19 pandemic[1]. Health workforces and organisations could be forgiven…

IFIC Annual Surveys

March 28, 2023

IFIC Annual Surveys In March 2022, the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) launched its first survey across its network asking people to share their views on what integrated care means to them and the features of integrated care that they thought were most important in their experience and context. At IFIC we think it…

IFIC is delighted to announce the appointment of David John Harrison to the Board

March 2, 2023

David Harrison, Director and independent healthcare consultant has a public-sector management, economics and commercial background.  He is a qualified chartered accountant and MBA who has worked extensively in the public and private sectors. Since leaving the public sector in 2010, David has established a portfolio career, blending independent consultancy, interim senior management roles, non-executive directorships…

Ensuring broad participation in designing the evaluation plan of a national integrated care programme

February 18, 2023

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) was commissioned to deliver Phases 1 and 2 of an independent external evaluation of an Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons (from now on, “the National Programme”). Phase 1 included a Preliminary Engagement session with stakeholders to understand what they perceived the value of an evaluation of the… Pillars:

Integrated Care Perspective for Children with Cancer

February 15, 2023

Integrated Care Perspective for Children with Cancer Norbert Graf, Saarland University Hospital Today, Wednesday 15th February is with International Childhood Cancer Day. Professor Dr. Norbert Graf, medical director of the Department for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Saarland University Hospital, reminds us of the needs of children and families with cancer and the importance of…

The Waterloo Health and Wellbeing Peer Education Program

January 12, 2023

In 2021, Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) participated in the IFIC Autumn School. Over the week, a group comprising SLHD staff, NSW Department of Communities and Justice Housing staff, non-government agencies, social housing tenants and other community members were tasked with designing an integrated care intervention to better support the health and wellbeing needs of residents of the Waterloo social housing estate, in inner Sydney NSW, and improve communication between services and residents.

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Another record-breaking year at IJIC

December 21, 2022

More than 200 submissions were received and almost 100 papers published during 2022. The 20th anniversary editorial has been published, following the launch of the special issue. Always Look on the Bright Side – Lessons Learned from Another Decade of Integrating Care (ijic.org) At ICIC22, IJIC hosted a very successful World Café session dedicated to…

IFIC Scotland: Looking through the Rear Mirror

As we reflect on 2022 our highlight was undoubtedly reconnecting with IFICs global community at ICIC22. Marie Curran supported IFICs communications team by recording voices of lived experience from across the globe to ground the opening plenary. Vicki Cloney and Ann Wardlaw were runners up in the Patient and Caregiver award for their paper about…

Focusing on people, families, and communities in Latin America (IFIC LatAm)

In Latin America, a participatory process has been developed, promoted by an enthusiastic group of people with diverse academic and professional backgrounds, with experience in integrated care and health systems, from various universities, research centers, foundations, associations, networks, as well as other people who get involved as independent professionals. IFIC LatAm makes a decisive contribution…

IFIC Ireland – a year of change and growth

After the pandemic held back our in-person activity, this year was a great opportunity to build on our remote activity and create new opportunities for integrated care in Ireland. All-Ireland Conference for Integrated Care in Dublin In March, we held the first annual All-Ireland Conference for Integrated Care in Dublin. This in-person event was a…

A busy year for IFIC supporting a range of EU-funded projects

PROCare4Life PROCare4Life over 2022 could analyse the results of pilot 2 and launch pilot 3, supported by a multilingual survey to expand the knowledge about its future users' preferences. After COVID19, we could finally meet in person in Madrid Consortium meeting. Specific multimedia training materials were created, to support the additional and refined functionalities that…

A rapid evaluation of a mental health 24/7 crisis response service

December 18, 2022

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) was asked to conduct an independent rapid retrospective evaluation of a Mental Health 24/7 Crisis Response Service (CRS) that had been operating in a health area of England since its launch in April 2020, hence at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Download the publication PDF Pillars: ,

Merative launches their new white paper ‘Shifting to people-centred care with co-ordinated health and social outcomes’

November 21, 2022

Merative launches their new white paper 'Shifting to people-centred care with co-ordinated health and social outcomes' What is the best way to achieve outcomes for people with complex health and social needs? Merative think it’s a shift to people-centred care with co-ordinated health and social outcomes (CHSO). Read the new white paper outlining 6 key…

UNICA4EU Press Release launched!

November 18, 2022

UNICA4EU Press Release launched! The consortium of UNICA4EU: Towards a UNIque approach for artificial intelligence data-driven solutions to fight Childhood cAncer FOR Europe is delighted to announce the start of this joint initiative, selected and granted by the European Commission. Childhood Cancer represents the leading cause of death from disease for children and teenagers in…

International Summer School

International Summer School ****Registration is currently closed**** International Summer School on Integrated Care (ISSIC24) IFIC’s International Summer School on Integrated Care (ISSIC24) will be held in Oxford, UK from the 24th to the 28th of June 2024. We will be joined by global leaders and managers in Integrated Care for five days of immersive, face-to-face learning. IFIC’s…

Effectively Addressing Diabetes

November 14, 2022

Effectively Addressing Diabetes Douglas Tynan PhD., Sidney Kimmel Medical School, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose. Hyperglycemia, also called raised blood…

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